My Favorite Thing About Photography


Photoshoots. They’re something I never would’ve seen myself doing, yet now I love them. I’m always looking forward to the next time I’ll get to shoot one.

Both in exploring places that might work for a photoshoot, as well as being inspired by tips-and-tricks articles I come across online, I’ve come to enjoy taking pictures even more than I already did. I love having 200+ pictures to go through after I’ve shot one, choosing my favorites, then filtering them to my heart’s content.

The three subjects that I’ve gotten to photograph this far are my younger siblings: Joshua, Samuel, and Elizabeth.



So far, I’ve done one planned photoshoot and two spur-of-the-moment photoshoots with Joshua.

The first one (left) was kind of awkward, because it was the first photoshoot I’d ever done. While I knew where I wanted to shoot and I had some poses in mind, what I didn’t have was very much confidence. I didn’t know what to say to get the most natural facial expressions, as well as the best poses. Luckily, I still left that thirty minute session with some good pictures.

I decided to do the second one (middle) on a whim because the park we were visiting at the time was absolutely beautiful. It was late November, and the autumn-colored leaves were gorgeous. Mainly, I took pictures of Samuel and not very many of Joshua, but he was still in a few.

The third one (right) was my first time experimenting with exposure to create silhouette photos. I shot it shortly before dusk while Joshua and Samuel were walking near and along a wall. I had to focus on not only keeping the exposure down while taking the photos (sometimes, my phone tries to refresh the exposure and bring it back to auto while I’m taking pics lol), as well as keeping the wall horizontal. There’s almost nothing more detrimental to a good picture than uneven lines.

There was a lot of posing going on in the first two photoshoots. In the third, however, the only thing I asked was that they walk within view of where I was holding the camera, because you can’t have silhouette pictures of just a wall. Haha!



I’ve done four photoshoots with Samuel so far; two planned, and two I decided to do in the moment. (The fourth one is the same as the silhouette one with Joshua; that’s why I only included three pictures.) As I’ve learned, it isn’t an easy task to get natural smiles from little kids. However, thanks to different articles I’ve read, there are a lot of different ways to get kids to smile, laugh, and look like they’re having a good time, which always makes for better pictures. 😀

The first one (left) was the most fun. We walked around our backyard while roleplaying (it kept him occupied and smiling), then we went up to our driveway, where I helped him draw SpongeBob characters (which is one of his all-time favorite things!). He enjoyed himself, I had a blast, and I got about a dozen great pictures out of it.

The second one (middle) was the most formal; he wore his adorable little plaid shirt, as well as khaki pants. I had him do a lot more posing than the one before it, usually turning my requests into challenges (ex. “I dare you to cross one foot over the other, cross your arms, and smile at me”), which, at his age, turned out to work really well. The picture of him in the first collage at the top of this post is probably the best picture I’ve ever taken of him – I think so, at least.

Lastly, the third one (right) was the one that Joshua was also in. We were outside, it was a beautiful day, and there was a stone wall Samuel was enjoying playing on. Win-win for me! I snapped away to my heart’s content.



Aw, she’s so cute! Every day, I can’t get over how adorable she is. ❤

First, let me just say something: babies are very, very hard to take clear pictures of. It’s a big problem for me because of the camera I’m using (my iPhone 5s), as it doesn’t take movement all that well. I’ve done two photoshoots with her: a Christmas one, and a cozy one. Most of the pictures, unfortunately, turn out all blurry, but among the blurs are little treasures that definitely make the photoshoots worth taking.

The first one (middle) was shot in front of our Christmas tree last month, and she sat/laid on a soft, white blanket. I talked to her, sometimes getting her to smile; Joshua was to my right, making her laugh; and our mom was to my left in case Elizabeth toppled over, which she was doing quite a lot at the time. Sadly, my favorite picture from that session was photobombed by a tree branch in the background that I hadn’t noticed was hanging lower than the rest. #theproblemsofanewphotographer

The second one (left and right) was done while she sat/laid on a bed under the light blue comforter with the tiny pink flowers. I got more good pictures of her there than at the Christmas tree photoshoot, mainly because I learned from experience how to take better pictures. 😀


Well, that’s all for now! Do you like photography? What are your favorite things to photograph? Feel free to comment; I’d love to hear from you.

— Maggie

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